(The Washington Free Beacon) — Sunday, April 29, 2012, is an anniversary unprecedented in the history of American politics, marking three years since the Democratic-led Senate last complied with federal law by passing a budget.
The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 stipulates that Congress must approve a budget resolution by April 15 of each year. In the Senate, only 51 votes are needed to pass a budget, as budgets are one of the few pieces of legislation invulnerable to a filibuster. Democrats currently control 53 seats.
Democratic lawmakers have offered myriad excuses for their refusal to offer a budget, none of which hold up to scrutiny, critics say.
Most recently, Senate Budget Committee chairman Kent Conrad (D., N.D.) has suggested it would be politically unfeasible to present a budget during a presidential election year.
“If one is interested in really getting a result, the time is not yet right,” he told reporters earlier this month. “I don’t rule out being able to act more quickly. But I think the greater likelihood is it won’t come until the election.”
Few doubt that campaign politics are a motivating factor in the Democrats’ decision. More than 20 Senate Democrats are up for reelection in November, and many Republicans suspect that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) axed Conrad’s intention to propose a budget, hold a formal “mark-up” hearing, and attempt to pass it out of committee in order to spare vulnerable members from casting politically difficult votes on tax hikes, energy policy, health care, and government waste.
But, as National Review’s Rich Lowry has pointed out, Senate Democrats have failed to propose a budget in “every kind of year there is in Washington,” whether during a presidential election (2012), off year (2011), or midterm election (2010).
“By this standard,” Lowry wrote, “the Senate will have an annual excuse not to pass a budget resolution for the rest of time.”
The Republican Senate Budget Committee answered that question. Here’s some stats they’ve compiled:
1096 –——————– Days since the Senate majority last passed a budget
$10.4 trillion ———— Total federal spending since a budget was last adopted
$4.5 trillion ———––– New gross debt accumulated over that time
$15,000 —————–– Additional debt per person over that time
$39,000 —————–– Additional debt per family over that time
$626 billion ––———– Net interest payments on the debt since a budget was last adopted
1 ————————–– Budget mark-ups scheduled and then suddenly cancelled at the last minute by the Senate majority this year
0 ————————–– Number of Democrat Senators who voted for any budget in the last two years
0 ————————–– Number of votes in the House and Senate in support of President Obama’s budgets this year and last
511 ———————–– Number of combined votes against
51 ––––——————– Number of votes needed to pass a budget in the Senate
0 ————————–– Number of Democrat budget plans brought to the Senate floor in 2010
0 ————————— Number brought to the floor in 2011
0 ————————–– Number brought to the floor in 2012
2 U.S.C. 631 ––—–—– Title and Section of the U.S. Code that requires a budget be passed
But hey! Obama will get more campaigns to raise more money in!
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This is an imaginary War on Women and thus is the direct result of the War on Intelligence, which these women surely won.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hundreds of protesters marched on Saturday in New York City against what they say are setbacks to equal rights and reproductive rights for women.
Saturday’s march against the “war on women” was one of dozens around the country.
Protesters marched from Washington Square down Broadway to Foley Square.
They chanted “Not the church, not the state, women must control their fate.”
Brenda Reiss says she was taking part in the protest because of efforts in several states to restrict access to abortion and contraception. She says women “will not be shoved back in the kitchen barefoot and pregnant.”
Protesters included actress Martha Plimpton, star of television program “Raising Hope.”
Plimpton tweeted that it was “a beautiful day for yelling at the government.”
Police reported no arrests.
The Audacity of Bubba The fast descent of Bill Clinton is now going even faster!
As a retired Postmaster, I have a vested interest in the future of the Postal Service. I also have a lot of ideas of how screwed they have been from the day I went to work for them. When the number of people working for the Postal Service who do not actually touch and move mail outnumbers those that do, they have a big problem!
The Postal Service is in crisis, yet unions and some members of Congress continue to block reform.
From Townhall Magazine’s EXCLUSIVE May feature, “Is the U.S. Postal Service Worth Saving?” by Kevin Glass:
Technology’s rapid advance over the past few decades has brought an era of unprecedented communication among Americans. With video chat, people separated by thousands of miles can interact as if they’re in the same room. Small business owners can pay bills with the click of a mouse. The original online communications technology—e-mail—has become so much more. And there’s a government agency that is not happy about this
The U.S Postal Service is in crisis. Mail volume peaked in 2006, and they have been losing business—and more importantly, money—ever since. As an arm of the federal government, taxpayers should be worried about the financial health of an agency that is supposed to be, in theory, self-financing. Several congressional Democrats and the U.S. Postal Service workers’ unions are waging a losing war against technology to try to survive in an e-economy without cutting jobs or service.
A trio of government unions have formed together to push back against the tide of technological progress. The American Postal Workers Union, National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union are all involved in the fight to drain more taxpayer money from the government and funnel it toward federal workers. Unless substantial action is taken, they’re going to succeed, and the once-great post office will become nothing more than a union-supported government agency that bleeds red ink year after year.
Post office reform is possible. There are people fighting in Congress to turn the tide and streamline the delivery agency into a more efficient service for the benefit of the whole country, but it will take effort and the political will to overcome Democrats and government unions committed to bleeding taxpayers dry for the sake of federal workers.
Read more analysis from Kevin Glass in the May issue of Townhall Magazine.
This should concern you if you are hoping your public pension will have the money to pay your pension! As it stands now, there are a lot of these pension plans that are so far in the negative, they should be also in bankruptcy.
A $231 million public employee pension fund has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The assets on hand cannot pay the $931 million in claims the fund faces, and the trustees plan to “restructure” their obligations under bankruptcy law. In other words, they will be cutting the benefits they pay to a level the fund can afford.
This is a first in US courts; the fund, based in the Mariana Islands, is a relatively small one, and the Northern Marianas are not exactly at the heart of America life, but this news deserves wider attention than it has so far received.
Courts are where messes made by cowardly politicians go to get resolved; when legislators and governors won’t tell either employees the truth about the unsustainable commitments they have made, bankruptcy court is one of the options at the end of the road. In bankruptcy court, retirees will suddenly discover that the promises they thought were airtight, and which they’ve built their life plans around, were not so solid after all. Pensions can be reduced by court order, without union negotiation, without legislative votes. You could get a letter in your mailbox one fine day telling you that your pension has been cut by 20%, 40% or even more.
Secret Service Scandal Is No Security Breach?
Leave it to this administration to add a whole new meaning to the word spin!
“The White House’s top counter-terrorism adviser [John Brennan] says the Secret Service prostitution scandal did not expose weak spots in the president’s security” – USA Today
Despite the administration’s statement to the contrary, this incident did, in fact, expose weak spots in the President’s security. Simply stated, members of the security detail were enticed away from their assigned duties by several ample bosomed females willing to provide sexual favors. That in itself constitutes a breach in security, whether the women were agents of a foreign government or not.
It’s a known fact that seduction has been used as a means to extract information since the beginning of time. From Delilah enticing Sampson to divulge the source of his strength, to Mata-Hari (code named H-21) who passed along enemy war plans to the Germans in the early 1900’s, History is laden with examples of sex for secrets.
And, for those looking for a more recent example, let’s not forget the “honey pot” scandal of the 1980’s.
Liberals would like this incident to simply disappear. Hence the statement of “all is well”. They will be quick to accuse conservatives of overreacting in this matter, and will likely find a way to blame George Bush. But, the fact remains the security of the United States was compromised and the issue must be investigated. If the Bush administration is ultimately tainted by this incident, so be it.
We’re now told that the agency has issued new rules of conduct for its officers, including prohibiting entertaining foreigners in officers’ hotel rooms. That’s all well and good but isn’t that already taught in “Protect the President 101”? Along with not to let a glimpse of “side-boob” distract you from the mission?
Read more HERE.
Ingrid Mattson, ‘taqiyya’ queen and Barack Obama’s favorite radical Muslim woman, gets her ass whooped by a friend of mine…
Ingrid Mattson, a Catholic who was raised in Ontario, CA, converted to Islam, and went on to become a major figure in the North American Islamic establishment. Until 2010, she served as president of the Muslim Brotherhood front group, ISNA.
FrontPage Until 2010, Mattson she was head of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a leading national organization which, at the 2007 trial in Dallas of a now-defunct Islamic charity, the Holy Land Foundation, was named an unindicted co-conspirator on charges of aiding Hamas. The trial proved to be an explosive event, uncovering a great deal of vital information about the unsavory connections of supposedly innocuous Muslim organizations in the United States.
Yet it was almost entirely ignored – and, when not ignored, whitewashed – by the mainstream American media. Mattson “has been disturbingly equivocal about Wahhabism, the repressive and backward strain of Sunni Islam that is the state creed in Saudi Arabia,” describing it as “a reform movement” and comparing it – incredibly – to “the European protestant reformation.” (Read more of her quotes below the video)
Read it all HERE. (and yes dammit, read the entirety of this blog each and every day. damn islamics really are out to kill you!)
Damn! WTF Wonder Woman!